IMDb > Downhill Racer (1969)
Downhill Racer
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Downhill Racer (1969) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 8 | slideshow) Videos
Downhill Racer -- A skier and his coach battle it out on the mountain in this trailer for classic late 60s film

Overview

User Rating:
6.2/10   2,281 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 8% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Oakley Hall (novel)
James Salter (writer)
Contact:
View company contact information for Downhill Racer on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
2 February 1970 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
How fast must a man go to get from where he's at?
Plot:
Quietly cocky Robert Redford joins U.S. ski team as downhill racer and clashes with the team's coach, played by Gene Hackman. Lots of good skiing action leading to an exciting climax. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Timeless because it's dated See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Robert Redford ... David Chappellet

Gene Hackman ... Eugene Claire

Camilla Sparv ... Carole Stahl
Karl Michael Vogler ... Machet

Jim McMullan ... Johnny Creech
Kathleen Crowley ... American Newspaper Woman

Dabney Coleman ... Mayo
Kenneth Kirk ... D. K. Bryan
Oren Stevens ... Tony Kinsmith
Jerry Dexter ... Ron Engel
Walter Stroud ... Mr. Chappellet
Carole Carle ... Lena
Rip McManus ... Bruce Devore
Joe Jay Jalbert ... Tommy Erb
Tom J. Kirk ... Stiles
Robin Hutton-Potts ... Gabriel
Heini Schuler ... Meier
Peter Rohr ... Boyriven
Arnold Alpiger ... Hinsch
Eddie Waldburger ... Haas
Marco Walli ... Istel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Ballard ... Candy Vendor (uncredited)
Robert Brendlin ... Announcer (uncredited)
Harald Dietl ... Journalist (uncredited)
Christian Doerman ... Brumm (uncredited)
Richard Egan ... Extra in bar scene (uncredited)

Michael Gempart ... Hotel Receptionist (uncredited)
Rudi Gertsch ... Selznick (uncredited)
Walter Gnilka ... Austrian Journalist (uncredited)
Werner Heyking ... Helgerson (uncredited)
Noam Pitlik ... T.V. Announcer (uncredited)
James Sandoe ... Spectator (uncredited)
Harald Schreiber ... Oliviera (uncredited)
Alexander Stampfer ... Skier No. 16 (uncredited)
Ulrike von Zerboni ... Jeanine (uncredited)

Natalie Wood ... Herself (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oakley Hall  novel
James Salter  writer

Produced by
Richard Gregson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kenyon Hopkins 
 
Cinematography by
Brian Probyn 
 
Film Editing by
Richard A. Harris  (as Richard Harris)
 
Art Direction by
Ian Whittaker 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Bill Lodge .... makeup artist (as William J. Lodge)
 
Production Management
Walter Coblenz .... production manager
Paul Hitchcock .... executive in charge of production
Stanley O'Toole .... executive in charge of production: Paramount Pictures (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Coblenz .... assistant director
Graham Ford .... second assistant director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
David Wimbury .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tony Teiger .... props
 
Sound Department
Elden Ruberg .... sound recordist
Kevin Sutton .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Roy L. Downey .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Stefan Zürcher .... ski stunts
Joe Jay Jalbert .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Busbridge .... camera operator (as Tony Busbridge)
Alan Hewison .... camera operator
Joe Jay Jalbert .... camera operator
Jean-Paul Janssen .... camera operator
Jean-Pierre Janssen .... camera operator
Austin Parkinson .... camera operator
Michael Temple .... camera operator
Arthur Wooster .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia May .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Nick Archer .... supervising editor
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Renate Arbes .... location manager (as Renate Neuchi)
Don Record .... title designer
Robert Simmonds .... location manager
Joe Jay Jalbert .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Natalie Wood .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
101 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Filming Locations:
Company:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ten days before shooting began, Robert Redford accidentally drove a snowmobile over a cliff, tearing his tendon and requiring seven stitches in his knee.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just after the Olympic Downhill Gold Medal racers reach the finish line, an announcer says (in German) "please clear the course; the first racer will be down in 5 minutes."See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Olympic HymnSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Timeless because it's dated, 13 February 2006
Author: roy_imdb from United States

For anybody who follows international sports, the characters and organizations in this movie ring true. Whether you follow skating, gymnastics, skiing, or any other essentially solo international sports, you have seen the loners, the chosen stars, the politics, fund raising, and everything else that goes on behind and in front of the scenes.

This movie captures those people and circumstances exceptionally well. As has been noted in the coverage of the Olympics, the parallels to the 2006 US downhill team are stunning. The fact that this movie was made in 1969, with the film style of the day, makes it quite dated. But it is exactly the dated fashions, music, cinematography, skiing equipment, and attitudes that make it a keeper.

Downhill Racer remains the seminal skiing movie (unless one prefers the slob humor of Hot Dog: The Movie), but it's also about bigger themes. Redford is the quintessential American loner, out for his own goals and not interested in serving the needs of his sport, his team, or the international press. It's a character we've seen a thousand times in real life, and it's one who gets deified or demonized depending on his success in the field of sport.

So, view this very dated movie in today's context. You'll be surprised how relevant it is.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (34 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Downhill Racer (1969)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Got Any More of that Gum? ealex40
Natalie Wood trivia FillCorey
Dabney Coleman Doug-169
Soundtrack - name that song anomalous99
Desperately seeking quote! ('You can win.') mkanell
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Brian's Song Prefontaine Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story Gone with the Wind The Cutting Edge
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.